Can Adn's Be Public Health Nurses?

  1. Very Curious can a new nurse with her adn become a public/community health nurse.If not what steps do you take to become one?
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    Yes, RN-ADNs can be public health nurses. I even know of LVNs/LPNs who are public health nurses.
  4. by   henryswife
    where do you apply to become an PHN?
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from henryswife
    where do you apply to become an PHN?
    A good start would be your local county public health clinic.
  6. by   Nurseismade RN
    Quote from henryswife
    Very Curious can a new nurse with her adn become a public/community health nurse.If not what steps do you take to become one?
    just to add...and confirm....I graduated in June as an ADN RN....Boards July,..... August, working in a community health center as their adult med nurse.

    But I miss Bedside....and felt I was loosing in patient skills...so Just accepted a hospital new grad position. start January 14th.

    But if you know you will stay in community/public health nursing...then its a great place to be.....no nights and just one sat a month......some do not even work weekends.

    all the best.
  7. by   CheesyPeach
    I worked for one year in ICU out of nursing school. Though it was exciting, I had to get away from that daily stress and horrible night shift work and 12 hour shifts.I only have my ADN. The job advertised a BSN preferred but I got the job anyway. It pays less than the hospital, but I do not regret it one bit. You can apply by going to your state website too.
    Good luck
  8. by   island40
    I get paid a little less but I don't have to buy uniforms! I have only my nursing school rotation as psychiatric nursing experience (I graduated in 1997) I have worked med-surg for most of my nursing career and wanted a M-F, 9-5 type of job. 15-60 minutes with my clients every week is more than enough for me. How I ever put up with BPD clients for a full 12 hours before I will never know!!

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